Thursday, May 22, 2008

More Recipes and Stuff

Beginning tomorrow evening, I will be doing a silent retreat in my own home. Yep. I am going to withdraw into a room and try to ignore everything and everyone. Okay. Not the puppies. I chose this weekend because Rob was supposed to be out of town all weekend. As it turns out, he won’t be leaving until Saturday but he’s okay with what I am doing and is supportive. Marc left this morning for North Carolina. So by Saturday afternoon it will be just me and Joe and the dogs. Marc and Rob will both return late Sunday. And since Monday is Memorial Day, we have a long weekend and can enjoy some relaxing family time on that day off. I’m very excited about this! Also, as part of my collecting recipes that Joe likes, I am offering another couple of recipes. Why am I seemingly favoring Joe and not sharing recipes that Marc and Rei like? Because Marc and Rei are not that difficult to cook for. They have more expansive tastes. Joe is a very fussy eater so when I find something that everyone likes, including Joe, it is a major feat. Sausages with Onion and Bell Peppers This is a no-brainer. Take some Italian sausages and put them in a baking dish. Chop in large chunks one onion and two bell peppers. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil. Bake at 350°F until the sausages are browned. I often serve this with a side of pasta but this can be made into a sandwich, served on some crusty French bread and a little mozzarella cheese shredded and melted on top. Yummmm . . . Easy Manicotti with Cheese (no boil method) 1 package manicotti, uncooked 3-1/12 cups (two 15 oz. containers) part skim ricotta cheese 2 cups (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 egg, slightly beaten 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper 3 cups (28 oz jar) spaghetti sauce DO NOT cook pasta before filling tubes. Heat oven to 350°F. For sauce, stir together spaghetti sauce and 1 cup water; heat to boiling. While sauce is coming to a boil, in large bowl, stir together cheeses, egg, parsley, salt and pepper; spoon into pasta tubes. Spread a thin layer of sauce on bottom of 13x8x2-inch baking dish; arrange filled pasta in single layer over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over pasta; cover with foil. Bake 40 minutes. Remove foil; bake 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly. (6-8 servings)
Aries Horoscope for week of May 22, 2008 After working for years in various jobs at San Francisco TV station KTVU, Frank Sommerville was promoted to the top of the heap -- lead anchorman of the 10 o'clock news program. He promised that his new power wouldn't make him lazy or complacent. "Nobody will out-curious me," he bragged. I hope you will adopt the same motto for the foreseeable future, Aries. Your world needs you to be intensely inquisitive about what's transpiring. Uncoincidentally, asking lots of smart questions (and even some dumb ones) will also be the best possible thing you can do for your mental health.

1 comment:

  1. good luck with the retreat. Hope you get what you want/need out of it.